[Marxism] Hungary 1956
einde at gmx.de
Mon Apr 12 05:42:33 MDT 2004
H. Rakovsky wrote:
> WOW. To simplify:
> fascist porgrom: bad
> capitalist restoration: bad
> workers' revolt: good
> If it turns out that a nazi says the uprising was fascist, and the Communists say it was fascist, there are two good pieces of evidence.
> now we know:
> Western press: "democratic uprising"
> nonCommunist Socialists: anarcho-syndicalism/ worker control.
> Communists AND Nazis: fascist uprising.
My political tendency (the IST) regards itself as being in the tradition
of teh early Communist International but anti-Stalinist. We viewed and
still view the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 as being a workers' revolution
suppressed by the Stalinists. the Western Powers used the uprising for
their own propaganda purposes, but provided no logistic support of any
kind, precisely because they had as little interest in a successful
workers' uporising as the Stalinists.
I think the definitive contemporary report is Peter Fryer's Hungaqrian
Tragedy. Fryer was a convinced Stalinist and Budapest correspondent of
the British CP daily, The Daily Worker. On teh basis of his immediate
experience in Hungary he came to the conclusion that it was a workers'
Uprising and not an attempted fascist coup. He left the British CP
because it refused to publish his reports. He remains a committed socialist.
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